It's an exciting week to be in Breckenridge. The fourth annual Winter Dew Tour hits Breckenridge Ski Resort Thursday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 18 and coincides with the resort's 50th Anniversary Weekend.
Here's a rundown of all of the parties and must-hit celebrations happening in Breckenridge.
Breckenridge Ski Resort 50th Anniversary
Join the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance for Breckenridge Ski Resort's 50th birthday bash.
Friday, Dec. 16
p.m.Snag one of 400 free VIP Los Lobos tickets available at 121 S. Ridge St. outside the Breckenridge Theatre. VIP tickets give you access to a special reserved section at the concert later that night. Bonus: Show your Breckenridge Ski Resort season pass and receive a free 50th Anniversary Beer from Budweiser and free EpicMix photos.
4:45 p.m.50th Anniversary Ceremony and Champagne Toast, with free champagne, commemorative glasses and cupcakes going to the first 300 people, takes place outside the Breckenridge Theatre.
5:15 p.m.Fireworks (shot off between Peaks 8 and 9, visible from around town), followed by a Ski Legends procession to the Riverwalk Center from Ridge Street
6:00 p.m.Los Lobos free concert at the Riverwalk Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. First come first serve; standing room only. No outside alcohol or pets allowed.
2011 Winter Dew TourWatch the pros compete for a $1.5 million competitive purse as they fly, twist and basically amaze viewers nationwide. Events include snowboard (superpipe and slopestyle) and freeskiing (superpipe and slopestyle). Breckenridge Ski Resort's award-winning Freeway Terrain Park brings a whole new element of excitement to the tour this year. Stop by the EpicMix Photo birthday booth at Peak 8 for free photos each day beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Below are some of the main events. View the complete Dew Tour event schedule here.
Friday, Dec. 169:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Winter Dew Tour Snowboard SuperPipe Women Semi-Final9:45 a.m.-Noon Ski SlopeStyle Men Semi-Final10:15 a.m.-Noon Snowboard SuperPipe Men Semi-Final1:45-4 p.m. Snowboard SlopeStyle Men Semi-Final2-4 p.m. Ski SuperPipe Men Semi-Final
Saturday, Dec. 1710-11:30 a.m. Winter Dew Tour Snowboard SlopeStyle Women Semi-Final11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ski SuperPipe Men Final2-2:40 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Women Final3-4 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men Final5:30-8:30 p.m. Nike Chosen rail jam contest - Free, at Riverwalk Center lawn
Sunday, Dec. 189:30-10:10 a.m. Winter Dew Tour Snowboard Slopestyle Women Final10:30-11:30 a.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men Final12:30-2 p.m. Ski Slopestyle Men Final
Dew Tour Party Schedule
Thursday, Dec. 15Dew Tour Kickoff Party with Forum Snowboards at Cecilia's, 9:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 16Official Dew Tour After Party, 9:00 p.m. at Liquid Lounge
Paper Diamond with Cherub and Raw Russ, 10:00 p.m. at Three20South
Saturday, Dec. 17Dew Tour Concert: Yelawolf, with opening act The Knux, 8:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center, doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at Riverwalk Center Box Office. All proceeds donated to SOS Outreach.
Official Dew Tour After Party with performance by Prime Element, 10:00 p.m. at Three20South
DealsTry Budweiser's new Breck 50th Anniversary Ale, brewed in honor of Breck's Anniversary Season. Get a commemorative Breck 50th Anniversary pint glass for only $2 with any draft beer purchase at any on-mountain bar over the course of the weekend.
LodgingEarly season deals are now available at DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge with rooms starting from $116 per night weekdays. Reservations may be made at Breckenridge.Doubletree.com or 888-355-6318.
Stay in Breck during the Winter Dew Tour to get in on the action and the parties. These official Dew Tour partners are offering up to 20% off lodging all weekend: Beaver Run, Main Street Station, Village at Breckenridge, Mountain Thunder Lodge, One Ski Hill Place, DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge and River Mountain Lodge. The best part? You'll be close to both the competitions and the nightlife. Call Breckenridge Central Reservations today at 855-DEWTOUR.
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-- Lisa Pogue
Photos courtesy Aaron Dodds